Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

National Mar 31, 2020

Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

In the not too distant future, global warming could deprive Japanese cuisine of an essential element: konbu, or edible kelp. A Hokkaido University research group has warned that 11 principal breeds of natural konbu may cease to exist by the 2090s. That also poses a threat ...

Magnitude 7.8 quake off Russia prompts U.S. tsunami warning

National Mar 25, 2020

Magnitude 7.8 quake off Russia prompts U.S. tsunami warning

U.S. authorities put out tsunami warnings on Wednesday after an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands, but Japan's Meteorological Agency issued no alerts, although they said there might be slight tidal changes. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a tsunami ...

Hokkaido set to lift coronavirus state of emergency

National Mar 19, 2020

Hokkaido set to lift coronavirus state of emergency

The state of emergency declared late last month in Hokkaido was set to end late Thursday amid signs the spread of the virus has been abating in the prefecture. "There has not been a surge of infected patients significant enough to cause a collapse of ...

Docomo and Hokkaido university plan 5G-based system to monitor cows

Business Mar 17, 2020

Docomo and Hokkaido university plan 5G-based system to monitor cows

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, NTT Docomo Inc. and others plan to develop a system to monitor dairy cows using fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks, aiming for commercialization in 2022. The system will use vast amounts of photographic data to detect early signs ...

Hokkaido coronavirus patient dies, bringing Japan's toll to 12

National Mar 1, 2020

Hokkaido coronavirus patient dies, bringing Japan's toll to 12

A Hokkaido man in his 70s has died after being infected with COVID-19, the local government said Sunday, bringing the domestic death toll to 12. The Japanese national, who had no record of overseas travel, died Saturday after developing a fever and pneumonia on Feb. ...